What does the Health & Hope Clinic mean to you?
To me, the Clinic means just what its mission statement says, “providing health and hope to the hurting”; that is, medical care for those without the benefit of health insurance and sharing the hope that is ours through the saving grace of our Lord Jesus!
Why did you choose to serve at the Health & Hope Clinic?
After volunteering in several different arenas, I knew I needed to be in a role that allowed me the freedom to tell others about the love of Christ without the shackles of political correctness.
How did you start volunteering at the clinic?
A friend of mine who had been volunteering at the Clinic for many years suggested I consider the Clinic, but I thought, if it means working in the medical arena I wasn’t interested since I had retired from the medical/health field and wanted something different. Now I am convinced that God gives everyone specific talents and in doing so, He is glorified when those talents are put into service to others.
What department do you work in at the clinic, and what makes your work meaningful to you?
I’ve been in the Intake Department since day one. Intake considers new patient requests and determines whether eligibility criteria are met prior to the enrollment of the patient. What makes this work meaningful to me is the face-to-face contact I have with people from all walks of life, often hearing of their personal struggles and being able to offer them the physical care and the spiritual care that they are searching for.
What skills have you learned from working with the clinic?
I’ve learned how to hunt down medical charts (ha-ha)!
Do you have any other community involvement? If so, what are they?
I currently mentor a middle-school student and help out in a variety of ways at First Baptist Church Cantonment.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy Bible study, being on the water (preferably saltwater), and watching old black and white movies!
What is your favorite part about the clinic?
Working together with fellow believers for the same outcome is just a joy to me! And I love the idea of the Clinic’s partnership with the local universities offering internships to a host of different students!